What are Self Assignments and Why Do Them?
We all tend to get in creative ruts sometimes. We start assuming too much about what we can and can't photograph, and about the limits of our equipment, our film, and ourselves. These assignments (hopefully) take you out of your comfort zone and get you photographing things you might not normally shoot.
The only way to really learn is to do and the more film you put through your camera the better you'll get. Plus you get the chance to win a bunch of film. This months winners will get 30 rolls of the Fuji Professional film of their choice courtesy of B&H Photo Video.
This Month - It's in the Details
This month's self assignment is about seeing beyond the obvious. It's about noticing the little details on the buildings around us.
Walk through the downtown section of a city and you hardly notice the buildings beyond their obvious shapes. But stop and look more closely through that long lens. The facades of older buildings have fascinating details, carvings, brass and cast concrete trim. Gargoyles peer over ledges, and decorative cornices hold up floors. On newer buildings repetitive patterns of color and shape catch the eye. On main street in small towns across America gingerbread trim decorates porches and rooftops are trimmed in copper and tile. In rural areas carved wood trim decorates homes and the weathered post and beam bones of old barns stand out in stark contrast to the corroded, aged look of weather vanes.
This months self assignment is to go out and capture these images while exploring the limits of your zoom lens. At what focal length and speed can you really handhold and get the image you want? What's really up there on those buildings? How does the focal length at 300mm effect perspective compared to 100mm?
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